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Jul 26

Embrace of the Serpent

6:30pm

Special event | Members

A NGA Members exclusive preview of Embrace of the Serpent, which follows the quests of two European explorers in search of a rare flower alleged to have healing properties.

Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Jul 28

Art for lunch

12:45pm – 1:15pm

Permanent collection | Talks and Lectures

Loss and isolation: an Indigenous perspective on Australian art with Cara Kirkwood.

Venue: venue TBC
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Jul 28

Ask me anything

4:30pm

Permanent collection | Members

A Members event. Behind-the-scenes tour with Debbie Ward, NGA's Head of Conservation and a team of NGA conservators, followed by a glass of wine and an open question session on caring for textiles.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : $30 NGA members only

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Jul 30

Create space

10:00am – 4:00pm

Permanent collection | Kids and family

(all ages, children to be accompanied)

Enjoy drop-in creative activities in gallery spaces inspired by works of art on display. Talk to our staff for more information.

Venue: Check location at the main desk
Price : Free (no booking required)

Jul 30

Artist talk

2:00pm

Special event | Talks and Lectures

Ramesh Nithiyendran discusses his new installation, Mud men.

Venue: Contemporary galleries (lower ground)
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Jul 31

Create space

10:00am – 4:00pm

Permanent collection | Kids and family

(all ages, children to be accompanied)

Enjoy drop-in creative activities in gallery spaces inspired by works of art on display. Talk to our staff for more information.

Venue: Check location at the main desk
Price : Free (no booking required)

Aug 4

Art for lunch

12:45pm – 1:15pm

Permanent collection | Talks and Lectures

Surrealism, Max Ernst and tribal art with Pamela Walker.

Venue: International galleries
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Aug 5

Art and dementia: Friday with a friend

10:30am – 11:30am

Permanent collection | Assisted

Join an engaging tour of works of art from the collection designed to connect participants in a shared intellectual activity through personal insights, interpretation, art history and memories. Call (02) 6240 6632 or Email for more info.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Aug 6

Create space

10:00am – 4:00pm

Permanent collection | Kids and family

(all ages, children to be accompanied)

Enjoy drop-in creative activities in gallery spaces inspired by works of art on display. Talk to our staff for more information.

Venue: Check location at the main desk
Price : Free (no booking required)

Aug 6

Descriptive tour

2:30pm

Australian art | Assisted

A tour of Australian Art for people who are blind or with low vision. Email for more info.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Aug 7

Create space

10:00am – 4:00pm

Permanent collection | Kids and family

(all ages, children to be accompanied)

Enjoy drop-in creative activities in gallery spaces inspired by works of art on display. Talk to our staff for more information.

Venue: Check location at the main desk
Price : Free (no booking required)

Aug 7

How to look at paint

2:30pm

Australian art | Assisted

An Auslan sign-interpreted tour of Australian Art for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. Email for more info.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Aug 8

Rendezvous with art

10:00am – 12:00pm

Permanent collection | Tours

Learn about works of art on display. Enjoy refreshments in the NGA cafe before joining voluntary guides to discuss selected works of art.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : $12, $10 NGA members/concession

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Aug 9

Out of the box

12:45pm

| Talks and Lectures

Australian Prints and Drawings curator Sarina Noordhuis-Fairfax explores how artists have experimented with cartographic imagery. These alternative maps can provide external orientation, reveal hidden relationships, or lead us off the beaten path.

Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Aug 11

Art for lunch

12:45pm – 1:15pm

Indigenous art | Talks and Lectures

Ugly paintings are always framed. Derek O'Connor on Willem de Kooning.

Venue: venue TBC
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Aug 11

Book launch

6:00pm

NGA shop event | Book launch

Booked Out

Dominic Smith talks about his new book, The last painting of Sara de Vos currently on the New York Times bestseller list, which tells of a painting linking a 17th century Dutch painter with a modern day art historian and sometime forger.

Aug 12

stART with art

10:30am – 12:00pm

Permanent collection | Kids and family

(ages 2-5)

Enjoy creative art activities inspired by our national collection, join Gallery educators on an interactive art tour for young children, and finish with an art-inspired live music concert.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : $12 child, $10 child members, includes materials (free for accompanying adults)

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Aug 12

Mystery tour

5:30pm

Permanent collection | Members

A Members's event. Take a chance and join us for a cocktail followed by a tour into the unknown.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : $30 NGA members, $35 guests

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Aug 13

Create space

10:00am – 4:00pm

Permanent collection | Kids and family

(all ages, children to be accompanied)

Enjoy drop-in creative activities in gallery spaces inspired by works of art on display. Talk to our staff for more information.

Venue: Check location at the main desk
Price : Free (no booking required)

Aug 13

Artist talk: Absence of Totality

2:00pm

Mike Parr: Foreign Looking | Talks and Lectures

Mike Parr discusses his artistic practice, spanning over 40 years.

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Aug 14

Create space

10:00am – 4:00pm

Permanent collection | Kids and family

(all ages, children to be accompanied)

Enjoy drop-in creative activities in gallery spaces inspired by works of art on display. Talk to our staff for more information.

Venue: check location at the main desk
Price : Free (no booking required)

Aug 16

Art appreciation for carers

10:30am

Permanent collection | Assisted

In partnership with Carers ACT. Participants must be registered with Carers ACT. To register, please call 1800 052 222.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Aug 17

Little look at ART

10:00am – 12:00pm

Permanent collection | Kids and family

Join a voluntary guide for an informal tour of the Gallery for parents and carers with babies (ages 0-1), followed by coffee and muffins.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : $12, $10 NGA members/concession

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Aug 17

NGA Book Club

10:30am

NGA shop event | Talks and Lectures

Booked Out

Join Claudia Hyles for an engaging discussion that explores literary themes around the visual arts. This season's book is The Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith.

Aug 18

Art for lunch

12:45pm

Mike Parr: Foreign Looking | Talks and Lectures

An insight into working with Mike Parr over the course of his 30-year career with Roger Butler.

Venue: Information Centre
Price : Free

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Aug 19

Latin American Film Festival

2:30pm

Special event | Screenings

REPEATED 6.30pm

Mexico: Burros (Donkeys), directed by Odin Salazar. 2011, 93 mins, subtitled, 18+. More info

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Aug 20

Create space

10:00am – 4:00pm

Permanent collection | Kids and family

(all ages, children to be accompanied)

Enjoy drop-in creative activities in gallery spaces inspired by works of art on display. Talk to our staff for more information.

Venue: check location at the main desk
Price : Free (no booking required)

Aug 20

Meet the maker

11:00am

Australian art | Members

Be inspired by the daily rituals of Canberra-based sculptor and designer, Dan Lorrimer, in his studio in Mitchell for a one-hour artist talk and studio tour.

Venue: Off site
Price : $15 NGA members only

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Aug 20

Curator's tour

2:00pm

Mike Parr: Foreign Looking | Talks and Lectures

Elspeth Pitt, curator of Mike Parr: Foreign Looking, gives a tour of the exhibition.

Venue: Temporary Exhibition Foyer
Price : Free

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Aug 20

Latin American Film Festival

2:30pm

Special event | Screenings

REPEATED 6.30pm

Paraguay: Mangore, Por amor al arte (Mangore), directed by Jorge Diaz de Bedoya. 2015, 93 mins, subtitled, 18+. More info

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Aug 21

Create space

10:00am – 4:00pm

Permanent collection | Kids and family

(all ages, children to be accompanied)

Enjoy drop-in creative activities in gallery spaces inspired by works of art on display. Talk to our staff for more information.

Venue: check location at the main desk
Price : Free (no booking required)

Aug 21

Drawsome

2:00pm – 3:30pm

Permanent collection | Workshops

(all ages, children to be accompanied)

Using iPads, explore the unique possibilities of digital drawing, inspired by works of art in the national collection

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : $8 per person

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Aug 21

Latin American Film Festival

2:30pm

Special event | Screenings

REPEATED 6.30pm

Peru: Sigo Siendo (I am Still), directed by Javier Corcuera. 2012, 110 mins, subtitled, 18+. More info

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Aug 22

Latin American Film Festival

2:30pm

Special event | Screenings

REPEATED 6.30pm

Uruguay: Tanta agua (So Much Water), directed by Leticia Jorge y Ana Guevar. 2013, 102 mins, subtitled, 18+. More info

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Aug 23

Tales for the very young

10:30am – 11:30pm

Diane Arbus: American portraits | Kids and family

(ages 3-5, to be accompanied)

Join Margie Kevin, Gallery educator, for an interactive story-based experience inside the Diane Arbus: American portraits exhibition.

Venue: meet at the information desk
Price : $7, $5 child members (free for accompanying adults)

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Aug 23

Latin American Film Festival

2:30pm

Special event | Screenings

REPEATED 6.30pm

Venezuela: El Manzano Azul (The Blue Apple Tree), directed by Olegario Barrera. 2012, 92 mins, subtitled, 18 +. More info

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Aug 24

Latin American Film Festival

2:30pm

Special event | Screenings

REPEATED 6.30pm

Argentina: Dormir al sol (Asleep in the sun), directed by Alejandro Chomski. 2012, 84 mins, subtitled, 18 +. More info

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Aug 25

Coffee with the curator

9:30am

Mike Parr: Foreign Looking | Members

Join Roger Butler, Senior Curator of Australian Prints, Drawings & Illustrated Books, and Assistant Curator Elspeth Pitt, for coffee and cake in the Members Lounge, followed by a tour of Mike Parr: Foreign Looking exhibition.

Venue: venue TBC
Price : $20 NGA members only

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Aug 25

Art for lunch

12:45pm – 1:15pm

Permanent collection | Talks and Lectures

Learn about Southeast Asian Buddhist art with Emily Stewart.

Venue: check location at the main desk
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Aug 25

Latin American Film Festival

2:30pm

Special event | Screenings

REPEATED 6.30pm

Brasil: Que Horas Ela Volta? (The Second Mother), directed by Anna Muylaert. 2015, 112 mins, subtitled, 18 +. More info

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Aug 26

Latin American Film Festival

2:30pm

Special event | Screenings

REPEATED 6.30pm

Chile: Vacaciones en Familia (Family Holidays), directed by Ricardo Carrasco. 2015, 90 mins, subtitled, 18 +. More info

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Aug 27

Create space

10:00am – 4:00pm

Permanent collection | Kids and family

(all ages, children to be accompanied)

Enjoy drop-in creative activities in gallery spaces inspired by works of art on display. Talk to our staff for more information.

Venue: check location at the main desk
Price : Free (no booking required)

Aug 27

Latin American Film Festival

2:30pm

Special event | Screenings

REPEATED 6.30pm

Colombia: Del Amor y Otros Demonios (Of Love and Other Demons), directed by Hilda Hidalgo (Costa Rica). 2010, 97 mins, subtitled, 18 +. More info

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Aug 28

Create space

10:00am – 4:00pm

Permanent collection | Kids and family

(all ages, children to be accompanied)

Enjoy drop-in creative activities in gallery spaces inspired by works of art on display. Talk to our staff for more information.

Venue: check location at the main desk
Price : Free (no booking required)

Aug 28

Latin American Film Festival

2:30pm

Special event | Screenings

REPEATED 6.30pm

Cuba: La pelIcula de Ana (ANA), directed by Eduardo del Llano and Daniel DIaz Torres. 2013, 157 mins, subtitled, 18 +. More info

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Aug 29

Rendezvous with art

10:00am – 12:00pm

Permanent collection | Tours

Learn about works of art on display. Enjoy refreshments in the NGA cafe before joining voluntary guides to discuss selected works of art.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : $12, $10 NGA members/concession

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Aug 29

Latin American Film Festival

2:30pm

Special event | Screenings

REPEATED 6.30pm

Ecuador: Rabia (Rage), directed by Sebastian Cordero. 2009, 89 mins, subtitled, 18 +. More info

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Aug 30

Latin American Film Festival

2:30pm

Special event | Screenings

REPEATED 6.30pm

El Salvador: Malacrianza, directed by Arturo Menendez. 2014, 70 mins, subtitled, 18 +. More info

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Aug 31

Latin American Film Festival

2:30pm

Special event | Screenings

REPEATED 6.30pm

Guatemala: La Bodega, directed by Ray Figueroa. 2009, 75 mins, subtitled, 18 +. More info

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Sep 3

Nervous

7:30pm

Special event | Performances

A Heather B Swann project

World premiere of Heather B Swann's Nervous, a live performance and art installation.

Venue: Gandel Hall
Price : $45, $40 NGA members

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Sep 4

Nervous

2:00pm

Special event | Performances

A Heather B Swann project

World premiere of Heather B Swann's Nervous, a live performance and art installation.

Venue: Gandel Hall
Price : $45, $40 NGA members

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Sep 7

Contemporary Australian Architects 2016 Speaker Series

6:00pm – 7:00pm

Special event | Talks and Lectures

7-28 September

Four lectures by award-winning Australian architects presented in partnership with Australian Architects Institute (ACT Chapter), sponsored by BCA Certifiers. Limited early bird series tickets available until sold out. More info and bookings

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
Price : Early bird series: $75, $70 concession, $60 members/Institute members, $40 students. Single sessions: $25, $22.50 concession, $20 members/ Institute members, $15 students

Sep 17

The Minotaur and the Mirror

2:00pm

Mike Parr: Foreign Looking | Talks and Lectures

Presence, Performance and Representation in Mike Parr

Professor Edward Scheer, Director of Research, School of the Arts and Media at the University of NSW discusses Mike Parr's practice woth particular focus on Parr's 'retrospective' works such as Asylum: Entry by Mirror Only at Dark Mofo in June 2016.

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Sep 24

Ritual and Extreme Actions: Performance Art and its Context

2:00pm

Mike Parr: Foreign Looking | Talks and Lectures

Dr Anne Marsh, Professorial Research Fellow at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne, discusses performance art in Australia and Internationally with a focus on ritual practice and extreme body actions.

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Oct 15

Palimpsest: Layers of meaning

10:00am – 12:30pm

Mike Parr: Foreign Looking | Workshops

Join Educator Penny Low for a workshop exploring Mike Parr's drawing practice using a live model. Participants will create layers of drawings on transparent paper to form a composite image of the human face, using a range of materials.

Venue: Information centre
Price : $45, $40 NGA members/concession

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Oct 15

Alphabet/Haemorrhage Libretto

2:00pm

Mike Parr: Foreign Looking | Talks and Lectures

A new arrangement of the Alphabet/Haemorrhage Libretto composed Dr Alexander Hunter, Lecturer at the ANU School of Music. First written by Mike Parr in 1992 the libretto must be rearranged each time it is performed. Program supported by the Canberra School of Music.

Venue: Information centre
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Oct 22

Reproduction Zero

2:00pm

Mike Parr: Foreign Looking | Talks and Lectures

Sarina Noordhuis-Fairfax, Curator, Australia Prints and Drawings, discusses the role of drawing within Parr's practice.

Venue: Information centre
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Oct 29

Telling time

2:00pm

Mike Parr: Foreign Looking | Performances

Telling Time is a collaborative performance between artists Amala Groom and Frances Barrett. Echoing Mike Parr's longstanding interest in language and poetry, Amala will teach Frances phrases relating to time in the Wiradjuri language of central New South Wales.

Venue: Information centre
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Nov 5

Reading for the End of Time

10:30am

Mike Parr: Foreign Looking | Talks and Lectures

Mike Parr undertakes a durational performance based on Roland Barthes' Camera Lucida.

Venue: Information centre
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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